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Alcohol on the Beach: Yes or No?

The city will need to approve an ordinance and adopt a resolution to allow beer and wine to be served on the beach during the centennial committee's Beach Bash Sept. 22. But we still don't know what the party will look like, how many people can attend, wh

No one yet knows what shape the centennial committee's gala "Beach Bash" will take on Sept. 22, however, the Manhattan Beach City Council is being asked to vote Tuesday night on whether or not the event can include the serving of beer and wine on the beach near the MB Pier.

For the centennial committee to be able to serve beer and wine at the Beach Bash City Council will need to vote to approve the adoption of an ordinance that is an uncodified ordinance and to adopt a resolution, according to the meeting agenda.

Passage of the ordinance and resolution are necessary to get around existing MB municipal code that doesn't allow alcohol on the beach, according to the city attorney in a staff report. Getting past the city code would satisfy one of the requirements put forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors in its response to a request for a permit for a Beach Ball where beer and wine would be available.

A few MB residents have been tracking the centennial committee's actions and its proposal to include beer and wine on the beach for the Beach Ball since 2011. 

Since the item appeared on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting, one resident has continued a steady stream of emails to council members and media. Some Manhattan Beach Patch readers have voiced their opinions online.

Council member Amy Howorth decided to use Facebook to conduct a poll. The publicly viewable comments to her question are interesting, as are the comments only Facebook users can view.

Mayor Nick Tell and councilman Richard Montgomery sit on the centennial committee as council representatives and as members of the committee have been involved in its event planning.

Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell and council members David Lesser and Amy Howorth will more than likely be the deciding factors in whether or not the centennial committee Beach Bash related items before council are approved Tuesday night.

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Cynthia Palm April 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I say yes. Let's see what kind of example we can set in our community about how to socialize and celebrate with alcoholic beverages in a responsible way. Alcohol in and of itself isn't the problem. It is irresponsible and/or addicted individuals that can't participate responsibly. And if you happen to believe you, your friends, spouse,neighbor etc. can not handle it, then avoid the event. Otherwise, let's celebrate responsibly as friends and neighbors on this very special occasion.
Tonya April 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Really???? No way. These families drink too much as it is. They drink at every kid sporting event as is. Responsible???? No driving and drinking! Stop showing your teens that drinking is the only way to relax - exercise, prayer, good meals, laughter and socialize. Stop the booze every time we turn around. I love these parents that never grew up! No. do not pollute my beach. I live here! Stop already.
Ancient MB resident April 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Don't be fooled, people. Alcohol is for VIPs only in their comfy tent with a sit down dinner. Those freezing on the sand with picnic baskets are NOT included in this blatant act of elitism. You can bet the group that is creating these events, the"centennial committee", will be in that tent just as they were in their little fenced off area in the most prime spot on MBB at last years fireworks show. Thanks Liz for pointing out how details are always kept secret! We should be outraged!
Duke Noor April 17, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The beach is a public resource and cities that border it think they can control what happens on the sacred sands. Well, maybe in other states, but not here in California where we have what's called The Coastal Act and The Coastal Plan. History tells us that it is illegal to drink on the beach. Others have tried to have "temporary" alcohol on the sand and have been denied by Dept. of Beaches. The rule of law here should apply to all, not a selected elite few.
Scott D. Small April 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I would support allowing alcohol consumption on the entire beach, but would vote against it if the privilege is to be restricted to a clique of the city's "cool kids."
Ancient MB resident April 17, 2012 at 07:40 PM
"champagne wishes and caviar dreams." ...Centennial Society Club

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